GK Chesterton Quote Day!

I don’t know if very many of you know who GK Chesterton is, but please read these quotes. They are very true and/or very funny.

  • Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions.
  • “My country, right or wrong,” is a thing that no patriot would think of saying except in a desperate case. It is like saying, “My mother, drunk or sober.”
  • A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.
  • A room without books is like a body without a soul.
  • An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered.
  • Art, like morality, consists of drawing the line somewhere.
  • By a curious confusion, many modern critics have passed from the proposition that a masterpiece may be unpopular to the other proposition that unless it is unpopular it cannot be a masterpiece.
  • Don’t ever take a fence down until you know the reason it was put up.
  • Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions.
  • I believe in getting into hot water; it keeps you clean.
  • I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite.
  • I say that a man must be certain of his morality for the simple reason that he has to suffer for it.
  • If there were no God, there would be no Atheists.
  • It is not bigotry to be certain we are right; but it is bigotry to be unable to imagine how we might possibly have gone wrong.
  • Journalism largely consists of saying ‘Lord Jones is Dead’ to people who never knew that Lord Jones was alive.
  • Music with dinner is an insult both to the cook and the violinist.
  • The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people.
  • The thing I hate about an argument is that it always interrupts a discussion.
  • There is a great deal of difference between an eager man who wants to read a book and the tired man who wants a book to read.
  • To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it.
  • There are no wise few. Every aristocracy that has ever existed has behaved, in all essential points, exactly like a small mob. -G. K. Chesterton, “Heretics”, 1905
  • All slang is a metaphor, and all metaphor is poetry. -G. K. Chesterton, Defendant (1901)
  • Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity. -G. K. Chesterton, Defendant (1901)
  • The rich are the scum of the earth in every country. -G. K. Chesterton, Flying Inn (1914)
  • There is no such thing on earth as an uninteresting subject; the only thing that can exist is an uninterested person. -G. K. Chesterton, Heretics (1905)
  • Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about. -G. K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy
  • The men who really believe in themselves are all in lunatic asylums. -G. K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy; p. 14
  • It isn’t that they can’t see the solution. It is that they can’t see the problem. -G. K. Chesterton, Scandal of Father Brown (1935)
  • He may be mad, but there’s method in his madness. There nearly always is method in madness. It’s what drives men mad, being methodical. -G. K. Chesterton, The Fad of the Fisherman (1922)
  • But a somewhat more liberal and sympathetic examination of mankind will convince us that the cross is even older than the gibbet, that voluntary suffering was before and independent of compulsory; and in short that in most important matters a man has always been free to ruin himself if he chose. -G. K. Chesterton, What’s Wrong With the World; p. 118

Catholics ARE Christians… nuff said

Posted this in a forum, just wanted to post it here:
Let me start by saying that this will be my only post in this thread as I will say all that I feel that I need to say here, very shortly.

1: Catholics ARE Christians….regardless of what anyone may tell you, if someone says otherwise, then they clearly do not know anything about the Catholic Church and need to be re-educated. This isn’t slander, it is the truth.

2: Catholics put the Bible together, yes, the very book that you’re all quoting to say that Catholics are wrong, well, we put it together.. even Martin Luther attested to that

3: History reveals early Christians doing an early version of the Mass: Letters from around 100 AD that clearly describe what can only be compared to the Catholic Mass have been found. Don’t ask for them, I don’t know where they are, just that they exist. You might be able to find out about them at PhatMass.com

4: Christ wants UNITY and to continue this argument without honestly looking at things from both sides and remaining ignorant and continue to argue based on rumors, hearsay and misconstrued slander against the Catholic Church would just be ridiculous. So please, get yourselves educated on Why Catholics Do That

5. Read anything by Scott Hahn, G.K. Chesterton, Peter Kreeft or even, yes, J.R.R. Tolkien. All of them are smarter than I am, Chesterton and Tolkien are probably smarter than most of us combined. Chesterton and Tolkien were GREAT influences on C.S. Lewis. Yes, he read them, and was great friends with Tolkien. Perhaps we can all take something from their examples.

6. Arguing in a Forum goes Nowhere: because there is enough stuff already out there on both sides. If you truly wish to argue against something like Protestantism, or Catholicism, or Mormonism… go to the source and learn about them first. Do not make assumptions and accusations about things that you know little to nothing about. No matter how much you think you know, I guarentee you it is not enough.

Thank you

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G.K. Chesterton on Truth

He has come too near to the truth, and has forgotten that truth is a magnet, with the powers of attraction and repulsion. . . It is impossible to be just to the Catholic Church. The moment men cease to pull against it they feel a tug towards it. The moment they cease to shout it down they begin to listen to it with pleasure. The moment they try to be fair to it they begin to be fond of it. But when that affection has passed a certain point it begins to take on the tragic and menacing grandeur of a great love affair. The man has exactly the same sense of having committed or compromised himself; of having been in a sense entrapped, even if he is glad to be entrapped.
-G.K. Chesterton

Recommended Reading!

  • Pierced By a Sword by Bud Macfarlane Jr.
  • Conceived Without Sin by Bud Macfarlane Jr.
  • House of Gold by Bud Macfarlane Jr.
  • Those three are FREE at http://www.Catholicity.com

  • The Everlasting Man by G.K. Chesterton
  • The Lamb’s Supper by Scott Hahn
  • Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
  • Wild At Heart by John Eldredge
  • No Man is an Island by Thomas Merton